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O Jesus

August 31
Litany of Humility
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being loved,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being honored,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being praised,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being approved,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being despised,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected,
Deliver me, O Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I go unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
-Cardinal Merry del Val, Secretary of State to Pope Saint Pius X
Today's Reflection:
Am I willing to pray this prayer? Why or why not?
  

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Go to prayer

August 30
“We should go to prayer with deep humility and an awareness of our nothingness. We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit and that of our good angel, and then remain still during this time in God’s presence, full of faith that He is more in us than we are in ourselves.”
- St. Jane de Chantal
Today's Reflection:
As I continue to seek the virtue of humility in preparation to receive the Christ Child in the womb of my heart, what advice does St. Jane de Chantal give me? How can I act on it today?
  

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The one sole thing

August 29
"The one sole thing in myself in which I glory is that I see in myself nothing
in which I can glory."
-St. Catherine of Genoa
Today's Reflection:
St. Catherine is not denying her gifts and talents, nor the graces that God has given her. Rather, she is recognizing that all that she has belongs to God and comes from God. To what extent do her words resonate with me?
  

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Christ shines

August 28
"Christ shines into the bottom of the humble heart; for Christ is always
moved by helplessness whenever a man complains of it and lays it
before Him with humility."
-Blessed Jan Van Ruysbroeck
Today's Reflection:
Am I willing to admit that I am helpless? Where am I helpless today? Can I lay it before Christ and wait patiently for His light to shine within me that I might find His way and His truth?
  

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The spirit finds quiet and repose

August 27
"In detachment, the spirit finds quiet and repose for coveting nothing. Nothing wearies it by elation, and nothing oppresses it by dejection, because it stands in the center of its own humility."
-St. John of the Cross
Today's Reflection:
Is my spirit "quiet" and "reposed?" To what extent, then, am I truly detached from the influences of the world and the flesh?
  

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You are she who is not

August 26
"You are she who is not, and I am Who is."
-God's words to St. Catherine of Sienna
Today's Reflection:
To what extent have I placed my confidence in God for all things? Which one thing do I need to give Him today?
  

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I was like a stone

August 25
"I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came, and in His mercy lifted me up, and verily raised me aloft and placed me on
the top of the wall."
-St. Patrick
Today's Reflection:
St. Patrick outlines for us the essentials for growing in humility: to see ourselves as we truly are, to realize our dependency on God, to know that it is His mercy not our power that heals us, and to place our confidence in Him. Which of these "essentials" do I most need to remember today?
  

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In humility

August 24
"In humility, there is mirrored the central mystery of the process of our transformation - the mystery that our Lord has put into these words: 'Unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone; but if it die,
it bringeth forth much fruit."
-Dietrich von Hildebrand
Today's Reflection:
What "fruit" have some of my "dying" moments brought forth? To what extent did I see transformation in my life or in the life of others because of it? How does this give me the strength to persevere now and in the future?
  

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The Lord permits

August 23
"It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. When it is honest, and realizes what it has done, and returns, it makes ever-increasing progress in our Lord's service."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
While this quote does not give me permission to sin, it does help me to see that God works all things to the good, and even my mistakes can be an occasion for spiritual growth. About what one situation, circumstance, failing, fault, or sin does this speak most to me about today? I will praise God for His love and never failing mercy.
  

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Blessing to humble beginnings

August 22
"God always gives a greater blessing to humble beginnings than to those that start with the chiming of bells."
-St. Vincent de Paul
Today's Reflection:
Thank you, St. Vincent de Paul. You have helped me to see better the value of that which I see as so small and so insignificant! Lord, I give you all my "humble beginnings," all of my "small starts." Do with them what You will. Amen.
  

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